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Estonian report
by Euro Reporter
2013-10-26 11:52:13
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Bank of Estonia maintains claims on falsified letter

In the VEB Fund case, the Bank of Estonia has dismissed counterarguments presented in an analysis commissioned by former central bank governor Vahur Kraft. Conducted by the international auditor Rödl & Partner, the analysis said it cannot be conclusively ascertained that falsification allegations tracing back to 1995 can be confirmed, because supplementary documents that might prove otherwise could be missing.

But in a letter yesterday to a special parliamentary committee investigating the matter, the Bank of Estonia said the analysis is inaccurate. The bank maintained that evidence was conclusive, also disagreeing with other assertions in the analysis.

In January, the central bank's audit found that a 1995 document signed by Kraft contained false information. "Indirect evidence implies that this was a planned action," the bank had said. The letter entailed Estonian claims against Moscow's Vnesheconombank. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia froze 850 million kroons worth of Estonian assets.


Ossinovski could be 'Estonia's Obama'


No comments made on ETV, Social Democratic leader Sven Mikser praised Jevgeni Ossinovski, who had a visible and successful campaign in Narva, as an "extraordinary young talent" in Estonian politics, and said in response to a question that he had no qualms seeing Ossinovski eventually as head of the party and government.  "I would be very happy seeing so capable a person as Jevgeni Ossinovski leading the government," Mikser said on "Forum." It would be just as symbolic for Estonia as Barack Obama becoming president would. I would not exclude that and neither should anyone else at the table that Estonia could one day have a prime minister whose mother tongue is Russian."   

According to the ETV moderator, Ossinovski's money - he is an heir to a Russian-Estonian railway fortune - was cited by Center as responsible for the fact that he led all candidates in vote total in Narva, Mikser argued that in fact the Social Democrat campaign nationally was known to be modest, and said Ossnivovski's debating skills and personal appeal were the main reason he picked up over 2,400 votes - enough to win him a seat three times over.  The bulk of Mikser's comments had to do with corruption and Tallinn.

"Everyone knows that the corruption is a very serious topic. A multiparty coalition would be the best solution for fighting such abuses, we all know that." He said that voters were not blind to corruption, but that they felt they had too much at stake."It would be extremely foolish to think that Estonia has 100,000 benighted voters who love corruption and who therefore vote for Center. It would be just as foolish to think that these people don't know or haven't heard about the Center committing abuses and wasting public resources on party campaigns," said Mikser. 

But a fear has been sown in these people, he continued, "an artificial fear."  "If competitors want to bring Center back to earth and achieve a multiparty coalition government, the question is not about who is most opposed to Savisaar or the biggest anti-Savisaar but who can speak to those over 100,000 voters and say: you have no reason to fear us." 


Estonian farmers are more interested in the Common Agricultural Policy of Europe, the seven-year budget of the European Union (EU) and Estonia's own agricultural development plan than the local elections, Estonia's President Ilves noted when presenting the Farmer of the Year 2013 award, informs LETA. The competition held by the weekly Maaleht was won by cattle and cereal farmer Tonu Post, the Estonian government's press service reported. According to President Ilves, the news from Europe is good rather than bad for Estonian farmers and when considering this year's favorable weather conditions, it is no wonder that a completely new character has made an appearance in our television news: the content farmer.


"This is the result of your hard work, economically difficult and often risky decisions and an increasing need to study, both at home as well as abroad. Those who have succeeded at it can be quite content today," the Head of State said. "There is a lot of discussion, often concerned, about the future of Estonian rural areas. Some think that only Tallinn can offer jobs for everyone and that some things are even free of charge there and, in contrast, rural areas are places of emptiness and poverty," President Ilves said. "I am not denying that there are many regions in Estonia that lack residents and services, where the local government lacks the means and possibilities to improve people's lives. However, I disagree with those who claim that this is the case everywhere and it is irreversible."


The beginnings of the Estonian state go back to successful farmers who sent their sons to school in towns, the Head of State reminded and added: "Likewise, today's successful farmers and the living environments they have created could become centres that will rejuvenate many rural areas." The President noted that urbanization is a global process, stressing: "However, I do not see it as a problem alone; it is not like the winners are in the city and the losers are in the countryside. If there are jobs available in the country, there are also people."



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